The Presidential Daily Brief


  1. Police Release Video of Child’s Shooting

    Cleveland police have released video showing a white policeman fatally shooting a black child holding a pellet gun. Officers said Tamir Rice, 12, was given three commands and was reaching into his waistband when they shot him Saturday, but the silent video shows Rice collapsing just seconds after police arrived. Meanwhile, hundreds have been arrested in nationwide protests following the decision against indicting the Ferguson, Missouri, officer who shot Michael Brown. The sometimes-violent demonstrations have included sit-ins, bonfires, and the familiar chant, “hands up, don’t shoot!”, CNN, LA Times, Reuters

  2. U.S. Journalist Not Among Freed Hostages

    This week’s storming of an al Qaida camp in Yemen freed eight hostages — but rescuers didn’t get everyone they were looking for. They had sought others, including a U.S. journalist who, according to one of the freed captives, had been moved away just days before. The Yemeni Defense Ministry published details on its website — without mentioning the American commandos involved — and detailed that the relocated hostages included not just the American, but also citizens of Britain, South Africa, Turkey and Yemen.


  3. Supreme Court to Take Up Online Speech

    How free should users feel to post their darkest thoughts on Facebook? The Supreme Court will hear arguments on Monday about scary social media messages in a case that involves descriptions of grisly violence. Anthony Elonis was sentenced to nearly four years after he posted rap lyrics about murdering his ex-wife, but he claims his creativity was cathartic rather than realistic. The court must determine whether it was menacing or therapeutic when he wrote that he’d leave his ex “soaked in blood and dying.”

    TIME, USA Today

  4. China’s Stock Value Surpasses Japan’s

    How does it feel to be second-best? Probably better than third, we’re guessing — but ask China, which has just overtaken Japan with the second-highest stock value in the world behind the United States. China’s been the second-largest overall economy for four years now, so with Japan in recession, all it took was a boom in Chinese equities to see the manufacturing giant overtake its historic rival. Meanwhile, U.S. trading indices showed record numbers in the days before Thanksgiving, another indication of economic recovery.

    FT (sub), WSJ

  5. EU Body Wants Google Breakup, OPEC Leaves Production Unchanged

    EU parliament approves resolution to breakup Google. (WSJ)

    Storms in Northeastern U.S. foul holiday travel. (NBC)

    Oil cartel decides to maintain oil-output levels. (NYT)

    North Korean leader elevates little sister in regime. (Time)

    Bomber hits British Embassy convoy in Kabul. (The Guardian)

    OPEC delegate says ministers won’t cut oil production. (Reuters)

    Australian batsman dies after cricket game injury. (BBC)


  1. Protesters Urge Black Friday Boycott

    They’re following the money. Activists angry over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer want to fight the power where it hurts — on the busiest shopping day of the year. While setting fire to police cars and looting stores erode public support, this quiet riot of retail opposition may resonate more. After all, black Americans have $1 trillion in spending power. All of these shoppers saying “Hands Up, Don’t Shop” might grab some attention.

    CNN, The Guardian

  2. Author, Baroness P.D. James Dies at 94

    She didn’t publish her first book until age 42, Cover Her Face, featuring the Chief Inspector Dalgliesh. She went on to pen 20 more, including the dystopian Children of Men that became a major Hollywood release, and others that played on BBC. James, born in 1920 in Oxford, at one point worked in the forensic science and then criminal law departments of the British Home Office — surely rife training grounds for her detailed whodunits.

    The Guardian, BBC

  3. Obama Doubles Down on Turkey Amnesty

    Mac and Cheese won’t grace the Thanksgiving table this year. Cheese was the turkey selected to be pardoned during the annual Thanksgiving ritual, but to reflect the season’s benevolence, President Obama also pardoned the backup gobbler, Mac. “I know some will call this amnesty, but don’t worry, there’s plenty of turkey to go around,” the pardoner-in-chief joked. Having survived the poultry version of The Hunger Games, the birds will now live out their short lives on a Virginia farm.

    LA Times, Washington Post

  4. Researchers Say Internet Addiction Exists

    Yeah, it’s a thing. Psychiatrists say an increasing number of patients report Web use so extreme it impairs their lives. Afflicted men tend to lose themselves in online activities like gaming, while women obsess over social media. Though Web dependence isn’t officially recognized as a behavioral addiction yet, help is available for those who want the cyber-monkey off their backs: There’s software that can impose limits on users’ Internet access and apps that tell you when to put that smartphone away. Just try to get casinos to do that.

    New Yorker

  5. A Shot in the Arm for Ebola Patients

    Help may be on the way. Nearly a year after the current Ebola outbreak began in West Africa, the first human vaccine trial has been completed on 20 subjects in the U.S. After all of the volunteers produced antibodies against two types of the virus and none experienced major side-effects, researchers are calling the trial a success. A second vaccine, aimed at just the current epidemic’s Zaire strain, is in similar trials in Britain, Switzerland and Mali, and will soon be administered to thousands in a second-phase trial.


  6. At Last, a Superhero Movie Made by Women

    As a big-budget blockbuster about a female superhero from an island of warrior women, the upcoming Wonder Woman film was already smashing barriers. But now Warner Bros. has announced that a woman will direct the picture as well. Taking the helm is Michelle MacLaren, best known for directing episodes of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad. The film’s 2017 release date gives MacLaren lots of time to build this feminist franchise from the ground up with Israeli actress Gal Gadot starring as Wonder Woman.

    EW, Forbes

  7. Female NBA Union Chief Courts Press

    She’s guarding her men. Michele Roberts, the new executive director of the NBA players’ union, has aggressively pursued the media’s attention in her first few months on the job in a bid to unify players, sway public opinion and take Commissioner Adam Silver down a few pegs. Roberts, the first woman to head a major sports union, clashed publicly with Silver after she felt a player’s 24-game suspension for domestic abuse was too strict. It’s a bold move, among others, in preparation for anticipated 2017 labor negotiations.